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Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project – Report to USISPO from Jon Batzdorff

Based on conversations with the amputee veterans and prosthetists in Ukraine, it became clear that there was a need for help in the area of prosthetics and related rehabilitation. Specifically they needed assistance in fitting upper extremity and highly involved lower extremity amputees. The discussion that began in November developed into the ProsthetiKa Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress Toronto and Canada Ukraine Foundation agreed to lead the project, and Jon Batzdorff of ProsthetiKa agreed to organize the technical aspects and assemble a team of…

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Batzdorff's Teaching
in Tanzania

Jon Batzdorff was contacted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) / Special Fund for the Disabled to provide training in fitting above-the-knee amputees with ischial containment sockets.

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Al Ingersoll Working
in Bangladesh

Al Ingersoll, CPO, USISPO Education Chair

I was fortunate to visit Bangladesh this past year and meet with numerous people and organizations focused on the disability/rehabilitation sector. Bangladesh is well served by local organizations, (BRAC)

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Skills for Life 5

Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop

October 18-21, 2018 - Houston, Texas

The Skills for Life workshop is a unique event dedicated to bilateral upper limb loss. It will include a program devoted specifically to issues faced by individuals with bilateral upper limb loss. Presenters will include individuals living with bilateral upper limb loss, therapists, prosthetists, physicians and others.

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We look forward to seeing you all at Skills for Life 5: Bilateral Upper Limb Loss Workshop! To stay up to date with the latest information, please make sure to do one of the following:

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Online Registration

Online registration for Skills for Life 5 is now available. We advise you to wait to register if you are planning on speaking as you will qualify for a reduced rate. If you are a bilateral upper limb loss individual, remember your registration is free. If you require assistance with registration or would prefer to do it offline, please contact us.

Sponsors, please make sure to check your emails for your registration promo code as you may qualify for a certain number of free registrations. Please email Shawn Johnson, if you did not receive a promo code and you are a bronze or higher sponsor.

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We need your help!

Please consider sponsoring individuals
missing both arms to attend Skills for Life!

Average costs for an attendee to come to this conference typically runs anywhere from $800-1300. The hotel stay averages $600 (4 nights) and airfare ranges anywhere from $200-700 roundtrip. Some limb loss individuals require a companion to accompany them and their airfare is not calculated into these costs. Our hope to offset as much of the expenses for the limb loss individuals as possible so that finances are not a barrier for them to attend. As a thank you for your support of our limb loss attendees, you will receive an “SFL HERO” ribbon/pin to proudly display at the conference.

CLICK HERE to donate so individuals missing both arms have the opportunity to attend this life changing event.

No amount is too small! Please contact us if you have any questions.


Financial Assistance

Limb loss individuals may apply for financial assistance to help offset their travel and lodging expenses (up to $950 USD). Please click the button below to begin the financial assistance application process. Follow up emails and phone calls may be necessary. Please contact Julie Klarich or Shawn Johnson with any questions.

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Hotel and Transportation Information

The SFL contracted room rate of $145/night USD (fees & taxes not included) has already sold out, but the hotel still has rooms available at the Westin Oaks and The Westin, their sister property also located in the Galleria.

The hotel does not provide transportation to/from airports so you will need to arrange that separately through a taxi service, SuperShuttle, Uber, Lyft or renting a car. SuperShuttle has provided our group a 20% discount code which you can access by using thi below link to reserve or entering RN5GU in the discount code box on the main reservation site.

Westin Oaks Hotel
The Galleria

5011 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056

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Event Sponsors

You can still order videos of the SFL4 proceedings.
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Comments from the SFL4 Workshop

Thank you so very much for planning such an amazing conference. I have had the opportunity to attend tons of conferences but this has been—by far—the best.

This was one of the most informative professional/peer education events I've attended in almost 48 years.

Having been a triple amputee for 36 years I didn't know if I could learn much. I was wrong. It was very informative. The new technology has sparked me into looking into things that may improve my daily living skills. This is the first SFL conference I have attended and it was more than I expected.

This experience was so inspirational and thought-provoking. We are leaving here today with bigger goals to be more independent.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand pre-prosthetic evaluation and treatment needs unique to the bilateral upper limb loss individual
  • Understand evaluation and treatment needs after a prosthetic device has been fit
  • Gain exposure to functional skills, adaptations, equipment, modifications used by individuals with bilateral limb loss
  • Learn about the latest technology: surgical techniques and prosthetic componentry
  • Discuss appropriate functional outcomes, dependent upon level of limb loss
  • Discuss emotional adjustments and impacts to the individual and family living with bilateral upper limb loss

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Target Audience

Occupational Therapists, physical therapists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, orthopedic surgeons, nurses, case managers, prosthetists and bilateral arm amputees.

Educational Level

Primarily introductory with mixed levels, includes some intermediate content.

Course Completion Requirements

Sign in/out sheets moderated in AM/PM

Course Evaluation Form completed and turned in prior to receiving certificate of attendance

Contact Hours

Prosthetists: ABC Approved for 18.75 credits

OT/PTs can submit certificate of attendance, program, course description, objectives and contact hours to state licensing boards.

ADA Policy

It is the policy of USISPO to abide by all provisions of the ADA. USISPO presents education courses at facilities that are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and therefore offer full accessibility to our learning environments. Within the classroom environment we encourage an interactive process whereby students are informed of their rights to identify specific learning needs that can be addressed during class.

Email, web and promotional materials have announced the message “please inform planning committee regarding accessibility needs or special accommodations” and to inform in writing. Members of the planning committee have made on-site visits to assure adequate and appropriate educational environment for the intended audience.

Cancellation Policy